Minister for Finance Paschal  Donohoe will have €2.8b   to spend on budget day, although €2.1bn   has already been committed. Photograph: Getty Images

The health service is expected to receive a financial bailout of over €300 million this year. The exact scale of the supplementary estimate is expec(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe during a media briefing outlining his Budget 2020 strategy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The level of social welfare increases in next month’s budget is likely to be lower than previous years as the Government scales back its spending plan(...)

Jean Winters, of  the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), said trade unions in the construction industry had created a narrative that bogus self-employment was widespread. Image: iStock.

Legislation that would tackle the problem of bogus self-employment with “draconian” penalties will hurt the Irish economy, the Irish Business and Empl(...)

For all his media savvy, when meeting a group of media savvy young people, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar didn’t think his remarks would get out. File photograph: PA

Something serious had to be going down. A harmless photo opportunity involving shovels and shirt-sleeves was there for the taking, but the Taoiseach(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty.

While Government Ministers have repeatedly insisted that the public services card will not be a national identity card, new legislation proposes remov(...)

Gardaí say the boy is in a critical condition at Temple Street hospital in Dublin after falling from a balcony at the Strand Hotel.

A two-year-old boy remains in a critically ill condition in hospital on Monday after falling from the top-floor balcony of a hotel in Limerick this we(...)

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny examines flood defences on the banks of the east side of the river Shannon in Athlone in December. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has paid out over €235,000 in humanitarian assistance to 270 households affected by the recent flooding, with most aid going to Galway,(...)

Cllr Jerry O’Dea, the Metropolitan Mayor of Limerick, has confirmed he was involved in a traffic incident in December 2014. In a statement, emailed to The Irish Times, Mr O’Dea said: “Following the accident, I co-operated fully with An Garda Síochána and subsequently made no further contact with An Garda Síochána about the issue.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A Limerick Fianna Fáil councillor at the centre of a controversy over the absence of a prosecution in a road traffic accident has said he made “no co(...)

Limerick Fine Gael TD Dan Neville, president of the Irish Association of Suicidology, pointed out suicide rates were higher among young people, and among members of the Traveller community. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

The Traveller community in the midwest is coming to terms with the deaths by suicide of a teenage couple within the space of a few days.A 15-year-old (...)